The Story of Earth by Robert M. Hazen

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Hailed by The New York Times for writing “with wonderful clarity about science . . . that effortlessly teaches as it zips along,” nationally bestselling author Robert M. Hazen offers a radical new approach to Earth history in this intertwined tale of the planet’s living and nonliving spheres. With an astrobiologist’s imagination, a historian’s perspective, and a naturalist’s eye, Hazen calls upon twenty-first-century discoveries that have revolutionized geology and enabled scientists to envision Earth’s many iterations in vivid detail—from the mile-high lava tides of its infancy to the early organisms responsible for more than two-thirds of the mineral varieties beneath our feet. Lucid, controversial, and on the cutting edge of its field, The Story of Earth is popular science of the highest order.


About Robert M. Hazen

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ROBERT M. HAZEN is the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University and a Senior Scientist at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory. The author of numerous books—including the bestselling Science Matters —Hazen lives with his wife in Glen Echo, Maryland.
Published April 26, 2012 by Penguin Books. 318 pages
Genres: Current Affairs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Hazen (Earth Science/George Mason Univ.; Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins, 2005, etc.) offers startling evidence that "Earth's living and nonliving spheres" have co-evolved over the past 4 billion years.

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With a blend of storytelling and science (from mineralogy and geology to biochemistry), Hazen (Science Matters) illuminates the origins of Earth and the origins of life.

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Just one year after the Apollo 11 moon landing, Robert Hazen, then a student at MIT, had the good fortune to work with a team of geologists studying the moon rocks that the astronauts had brought back to earth.

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He chronicles the major events and eras in Earth’s history, from “The Big Thwack” (a collision with another planet thought to have formed the moon) to the greening of Earth’s landscape as life emerged from shallow waters worldwide.

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